Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Counseling – General

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Career Opportunities 

Faculty and Internships

Admission Requirements

Gain the Counseling Tools You’ll Need for an Effective Ministry

If you are looking to take the next step in your academic journey or career and have a desire to initiate church growth and discipleship, a pastoral counseling master’s degree could be for you! With various specializations available, you can be sure to earn a degree that properly equips you for ministry.

At Liberty, our mission has always been to Train Champions for Christ. Our pastoral counseling degree is a great way for us to do so. Our curriculum stresses biblical application across all of the courses you take. Whether you are learning about human sexuality or how to counsel men and women uniquely, you will gain vital insight into what the Bible teaches in these areas and how to apply that understanding in various situations.

Pursue Your Degree with Confidence

  • You can pursue opportunities to earn several certificates from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). These certificates include Crisis Response, Life Coaching, and Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts (SYBMIS).
  • Our AACC student chapter provides the chance for students like you to grow professionally and spiritually as you network and interact with successful counseling professionals.
  • Our residential graduate students benefit from an 8:1 student to professor ratio.
  • Gain invaluable hands-on, face-to-face counseling experience in individual, relationship, and group therapy as you complete your internship.

What Will You Learn?

  • Dynamics of marriage and family relationships
  • Fundamentals of the therapeutic relationship
  • Selected theories of counseling and psychotherapy
  • Solution-based models for short-term counseling
  • Theories and skills required to provide pastoral crisis intervention and counseling that will cultivate resiliency and promote spiritual growth
  • Ways the counselor may approach marriage and family counseling as a creative, preventative, and healing ministry

Career Opportunities for Pastoral Counseling Graduates

  • Associate pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Church counselor
  • Human services specialist
  • Lay leader
  • Life coach
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Non-licensed counselor
  • Outpatient care counselor
  • Teaching pastor
  • Trauma counselor
  • Youth pastor

 

Admission Requirements for Our Graduate Degree Programs

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Self-certification form for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree
  • Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account
  • 2.0 GPA for admission in good standing

Faculty and Internships Available to Pastoral Counseling Students

  • Complete a 225-hour internship in an approved, related setting.
  • Gain invaluable hands-on, face-to-face counseling experience in individual, relationship, and group therapy.
  • Our residential graduate students benefit from an 8:1 student to professor ratio.
  • Our faculty care deeply for their students, praying for and with them throughout their academic journey.
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Credit Hours

2

Years (Avg.)

Class Type

Residential

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Next Start Date

Aug 23, 2021

Accreditation

Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

15,000+

Students

20

NCAA DI Sports

500,000+

Community Service Hours

300+

Undergrad & Grad Programs

The Liberty DNA

Liberty’s promise to you is an education that expertly brings knowledge and faith together. You’ll not only be challenged academically but also pushed spiritually through weekly worship gatherings and community engagement, local service projects, and global mission trips. You can become a Champion for Christ that changes the world with the Gospel.

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Residence Hall Community

Experience quality on-campus living that not only provides safe and inviting housing options but also meets your need for community and personal development. On each hall, your peers on student leadership live life alongside you to spur your holistic development.

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World Class Experience — Affordable Price

A full list of scholarships and eligibility requirements can be found on Liberty University’s Financial Aid website. For resident undergraduate students only. View information on graduate financial aid here

Middle America Scholarship

Liberty Academic Scholarship

Champion Award

Early Deposit Award

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The Liberty Baseball Stadium features the latest turf playing surface, as well as full-length, major league-style dugouts, a fully-equipped media area, two suites, a club room, and a spectator picnic area.

The Center for Music and the Worship Arts features 124 Steinway pianos and 43 teaching studios complete with piano, songwriting, and music computer labs. Additionally, the center includes a 1,600-seat concert hall.

The Center for Natural Sciences houses classrooms, an auditorium, and more than 30 laboratories designed for hands-on learning, including an advanced anatomy lab and a cell culture lab. The facility has more than $2 million in equipment, including a GC mass spectrometer and a gene sequencer.

As the primary academic building on campus, Arthur S. DeMoss Hall spans 500,000 square feet over four floors and houses computer labs, classrooms and student resource centers, and a rooftop terrace.

Jerry Falwell Library houses an array of study spaces including six learning commons, one technology commons, and 30 group-study rooms. Multiple terraces and balconies provide additional space to relax, and several dining options are available. Taking advantage of the latest technology, the ASRS, a robotic retrieval system, houses the majority of the library’s collections in a state-of-the-art automated on-site retrieval system.

The 275-foot-tall Freedom Tower, home of the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, the nation’s largest center for religious studies and ministerial training, includes classrooms and offices, a conference room, a homiletics lab, and an interactive classroom, as well as observation spaces to take in the spectacular views of campus.

The LaHaye Ice Center is home to Liberty men's and women's hockey teams, as well as the synchronized skating and figure skating teams. Recently renovated, the ice center seats 4,000 fans and includes 10 box suites.

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The Residential Commons are comprised of three residence halls. The rooms feature a private bath, and every floor provides laundry facilities and a common lounge. Additional residential facilities are also planned for the site.

The three-story structure serves as a home base for the School of Business, which includes 152 programs from the certificate to the doctoral level, as well as centers of excellence focused on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, cybersecurity, and stock trading. On the first floor, a stock trading simulation room, operating in partnership with BB&T, features an LED stock ticker that wraps around the top of the room and streams the latest market activity from Wall Street.

The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre offers students the opportunity to ski, snowboard, and tube year-round with its cutting-edge terrain technology.

Tower Theater is home to Liberty’s Department of Theatre Arts as well as the professional theatre company, Alluvion Stage Company. Tower Theater features a Broadway-style fly tower and professional rigging system and has over 12,000 square feet of backstage and support area.

This auditorium’s 10,000 seats are filled by students at Convocation and Campus Community, concert-goers, and athletic event attendees.

The stadium’s 25,000 seats host the fans of our FBS conference football team. Williams Stadium also boasts a 110-foot viewing tower and houses the Football Operations Center, containing locker rooms, coaches’ offices, equipment, and weight rooms, and a training facility.

The Admission Process

Apply Now, Pay Later

Start the enrollment process by applying online now — the application takes about 10 minutes. Your application fee isn’t due until you enroll!

Get Accepted

Once you’ve submitted all your admission documents, you’ll be updated on the status of your application through text and email. You can also keep track on your Student Checklist.

Act Early

After you apply, submit your Enrollment Deposit to earn extra scholarship awards, which decrease over time.

Contact one of our Admissions Counselors for more information by calling (800) 543-5317.

Hear from Liberty Students — Past and Present

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2019 SGA President Derek R.

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2019 SGA Vice President Esther L.

“It was knowing that I could be vulnerable about where I was from or what I was coming from or going through with people that were here and cared was encouraging and helped me with the transition.”

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David H.

“Spiritually, I have seen the most growth in my life. …The spiritual atmosphere of the campus here at Liberty is unreal.”

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Queenstar B.

“They [professors] see each student as an individual who has the potential to truly impact the world for God’s Namesake.”

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Sarah B.

“Here there are authentic people that have really embodied how the Lord cares for each of us.”

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Joseph H.

“Once I made it on campus — just the overwhelming amount of love that I received from the student body, the people on my hall, and my RAs just blew me away.”